Welcoming Ivy & Willa into our family!

Jon and Annette Miller
Jon and Annette Miller Salisbury, Pennsylvania

Help us welcome Ivy & Willa into our family by supporting their adoption costs.

We, Jon and Annette Miller, started the adoption process last October. At the end of March we got the call that we have been matched! A mother terminally ill with cancer has chosen us to adopt her twin 18 month old babies. Our hearts were simultaneously broken for the mother and filled with excitement as we picked up our new daughters 24 hours later. 

Wanting to have more children and not being able to has been painful and confusing for us.

But now we see.

God kept our arms open and ready to receive these two precious babes. While our hearts are overwhelmed with joy, we are also going through the chaotic time of adjustment. 

Our journey to adoption began shortly after our wedding in 2009. Annette was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and we were told that we would most like never be able to have biological children. We mourned this loss and it was then that God first laid adoption on our hearts.

For some unknown reason God chose to give us three beautiful miracles. These three pregnancies were extremely difficult, high-risk, scary times due to multiple medical complications. After the third cesarean, we were strongly advised by our doctor that it would be too dangerous to become pregnant again. 

While we feel so blessed with the gift of three children, our hearts for adoption have not diminished.  We are unbelievably excited to adopt Ivy and Willa into a family where they will not only have two caring parents but also have three doting older siblings.

Fundraising is a very humbling place to be. When we first felt called to adopt it felt overwhelming. We knew that we did not have the funds to do this on our own. We felt God calling us to step out in faith.

It takes a village to raise a child and it is going to take a village to bring our girls home. So if God lays it on your heart, we are so thankful to you for stepping out and partnering with us in giving these girls a family. Thank you so much to all of you that have already supported us so powerfully with prayer. We covet your prayers in the upcoming months as we continue to adjust to a new, crazy, wonderful normal. 

We are so excited to share that we have been chosen by Gregory’s Gift Adoption Fund to recieve a matching grant of $2,500 administered by Lifesongs for Orphans. So the first $2,500 we raise will be doubled!

 


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Miller 8309”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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Raised to date by 95 people
 of  $35,000
4 days left

My Story

Help us welcome Ivy & Willa into our family by supporting their adoption costs.

We, Jon and Annette Miller, started the adoption process last October. At the end of March we got the call that we have been matched! A mother terminally ill with cancer has chosen us to adopt her twin 18 month old babies. Our hearts were simultaneously broken for the mother and filled with excitement as we picked up our new daughters 24 hours later. 

Wanting to have more children and not being able to has been painful and confusing for us.

But now we see.

God kept our arms open and ready to receive these two precious babes. While our hearts are overwhelmed with joy, we are also going through the chaotic time of adjustment. 

Our journey to adoption began shortly after our wedding in 2009. Annette was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and we were told that we would most like never be able to have biological children. We mourned this loss and it was then that God first laid adoption on our hearts.

For some unknown reason God chose to give us three beautiful miracles. These three pregnancies were extremely difficult, high-risk, scary times due to multiple medical complications. After the third cesarean, we were strongly advised by our doctor that it would be too dangerous to become pregnant again. 

While we feel so blessed with the gift of three children, our hearts for adoption have not diminished.  We are unbelievably excited to adopt Ivy and Willa into a family where they will not only have two caring parents but also have three doting older siblings.

Fundraising is a very humbling place to be. When we first felt called to adopt it felt overwhelming. We knew that we did not have the funds to do this on our own. We felt God calling us to step out in faith.

It takes a village to raise a child and it is going to take a village to bring our girls home. So if God lays it on your heart, we are so thankful to you for stepping out and partnering with us in giving these girls a family. Thank you so much to all of you that have already supported us so powerfully with prayer. We covet your prayers in the upcoming months as we continue to adjust to a new, crazy, wonderful normal. 

We are so excited to share that we have been chosen by Gregory’s Gift Adoption Fund to recieve a matching grant of $2,500 administered by Lifesongs for Orphans. So the first $2,500 we raise will be doubled!

 


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Miller 8309”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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18 Days

June 12, 2019

 

We have had this amazing priviledge of using the Lifesong for orphans fundraising platform for our puzzle fundraiser. They are a non profit that raises their own funds to cover administration allowing us to receive 100% of the funds we raise!!! Lifesong for orphans carefully screens each applicant and gives us a time frame with which we can use this platform. 

Thank you so much for supporting us! Here is an update:
– The puzzle is looking great! 
– We have 19 days left on this fundraiser 
– There are 208 puzzle pieces left to sell

Things on the home front are going well. Jon and I feel overwhelmed 90% of the time. One moment we are overwhelmed with all the things that need to be done and all the kids running around and the next we are overwhelmed with gratitude for these amazing gifts from God and all the people that have surrounded us with support. Someday we may have the time to sit down and process all these feelings….

10% of the time we just sit in wonder. Thanking God for good gifts and seeking his face through the hard days. 

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Puzzle Update

June 3, 2019

Its happening guys!! The puzzle is coming together. Huge thank-you to everyone who has supported us thus far and purchased puzzle pieces. We are so humbled and thankful for all of you who have shown us such love and support over the last two months. 

I love looking at all the names being written on the many pieces. It is such a great visual for us and the girls as they get older that it really does take a village and we truly have a great one!

27 days left for those of you who would still like to purchase a piece. 

Sincerely,
Jon and Annette

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Putting the Pieces together

May 22, 2019

Hi folks,

Introducing our 520 piece puzzle fundraiser! We had a photo puzzle made with a special photo of their new family and are selling each piece for $25. You can decide how many pieces you would like to buy. Your name will be written on the back of the puzzle piece(s).

We’ll post picture updates of the puzzle progress on our facebook page and when it’s completed, we will put it in a glass frame to be hung in the twin girl’s room. It will be a long-term reminder of who all played a role in bringing them home!

To purchase puzzle piece(s), donate in increments of $25 (based on the # of pieces you wish to purchase).

All donations are tax exempt!

– Aunt Amy (and fam)

P.S. If you donated already, but would like to have your name on this puzzle, shoot me a DM and we’ll make that happen!

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Comments

$150

April

Jul 11, 2019

“Love you guys so much!! So excited to have Willa and Ivy as an official part of the fam.”

$50

Thomas and Emma

Jul 1, 2019

$25

Whitney

Jun 30, 2019

$200

Abel & Kendra

Jun 30, 2019

$200

Ethan & Lacey

Jun 30, 2019

“Praying for your beautiful family! May they all grow in grace an in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

$50

Hannah

Jun 29, 2019

$100

Hidden

Jun 29, 2019

$100

Ken & Gloria

Jun 29, 2019

$50

Lynn and jan

Jun 29, 2019

“💙💙”

$200

Preston and Liz

Jun 29, 2019

“Thank you for your obedience in this step of faith. May God strengthen your hearts so you can comprehend how vast His inexhaustible love is...particularly when you are weary. I see his love displayed in your choice to adopt. Thank you also for giving us the opportunity to partner in your great gift to these little ones made in God's image. It's an honor. God bless!”

$150

Hans and Kimberly

Jun 29, 2019

“Praying for your family as you bond and love each other.”

$25

Brianna

Jun 29, 2019

“Jon & Annette, I'm so happy for you welcoming your 2 girls into your family. What a blessing and answer to prayers! I miss you guys at community group and seeing your little ones running around. Your adoption story is so beautiful and a testiment of God's faithfulness. I'll continue to pray for you and the girls during the transition. Love and miss you all! Brianna”

$250

Lynette and Conrad

Jun 29, 2019

$50

Judy

Jun 29, 2019

“May God bless you and your family for loving these children and taking this leap of faith.”

$30

Steph

Jun 29, 2019

$50

Hidden

Jun 29, 2019

“Please don't post my gift on Facebook. I would very much appreciate that.”

$200

Sarah

Jun 29, 2019

$100

Hidden

Jun 29, 2019

“Praying for you guys”

$200

Andrew and Carrie

Jun 29, 2019

“Blessings to you in this crazy transition! Praying for you all!”

$100

Jillian

Jun 29, 2019

“So proud and inspired by you both! Sending love and prayers your way as you navigate through this stage of life.”

$25

Tina

Jun 28, 2019

“God bless your beautiful family!”

$25

Greg and Mona

Jun 28, 2019

“Blessings for your beautiful family!”

$50

Jake and Kelci

Jun 28, 2019

“We love you and are praying for you”

$50

Lena

Jun 28, 2019

“You often come to my mind and I am praying for you guys. May you feel the Lord's strength taking over in the hard times and be assured that He is doing a good work through your faith and action. Willa and Ivy are beautiful! I love seeing your updates!”

$100

David

Jun 28, 2019

$50

Melissa

Jun 28, 2019

“Love, The Easton Family”

$50

Spencer and Caitlin

Jun 28, 2019

“I know I don't know you guys well, but I love your story and the heart of your ministry. Thanks for your faithfulness to God's call on your lives!”

$100

D & A

Jun 27, 2019

“May the Lord bless and keep your precious family, may He make His face shine upon those precious little ones who have lost their momma, and grant peace to them as they become a part of the family lovingly chosen for them, and gratefully welcoming them. Blessings to all!”

$50

Kevin

Jun 27, 2019

“Love you guys and your little ones! Kevin & Lydia, Alena, Gregory”

$25

Katie

Jun 26, 2019

“Miss you guys, love hearing your story!”

$100

Ali

Jun 26, 2019

$25

Hidden

Jun 26, 2019

$300

Cassondra

Jun 26, 2019

“Hey guys, long time no see! Ever since I met you guys you both have always struck me as the kind of people who were meant to have children. We fully support your adoption and find it to be wholly good. Having twins of our own we can safely say you're in for an adventure. Keep your chins up and heads bowed!”

$50

Kellie and Brett

Jun 26, 2019

$50

Sarah

Jun 26, 2019

“💝💝”

$50

Deborah

Jun 26, 2019

“So good seeing you all at the Showalter reunion! Lots of love and respect for your family.”

$50

Rosetta

Jun 25, 2019

“What a beautiful story the Lord is writing as He guides you on this journey! I can’t wait to meet the girls! I’m sure it hasn’t all been a walk in the park, but I know the Lord will give you grace for each new day and strength for every trial. Praying for your beautiful family!”

$50

The Geisers

Jun 25, 2019

“Love you all!”

$150

Amy & Joel

Jun 25, 2019

“Welcome to the family Ivy and Willa! You are loved dearly. We are so glad to share in this excitement with your family! -Joel and Amy”

$50

Travis & Ashley

Jun 25, 2019

“Congratulations on your two new blessings! We miss your family and think of you often.”

$50

Lindsay

Jun 25, 2019

$25

Jenny

Jun 25, 2019

“You were a wonderful camp counselor @ Day Camp Sunshine, Annette. I remember your kind heart- these girls are so lucky to enter into your family. Sending you all love and strength always.”

$100

Joe and Renee

Jun 18, 2019

“We love you and are so happy to welcome Willa and Ivy to our family!!!”

$50

Dianne

Jun 17, 2019

$25

Jim and Kathy

Jun 17, 2019

“We love your beautiful family! My folks are watching over all.”

$100

Audrey

Jun 14, 2019

“Love you guys mucho!!”

$100

Elizabeth

Jun 13, 2019

“Jon and Annette, We are so excited for your family in welcoming Ivy and Willa! Your heart for loving people was so evident when you were in Columbus and God answered your prayers with these girls. Prayers as you continue to settle in and hopefully we will get to meet these girls soon. Hugs! Lizz, Ben, and Weston Lewis”

$200

Kristen Joe Ava and Sawyer

Jun 12, 2019

“We are so thrilled to have Ivy and Willa as part of our lives as well through your family. We can't wait to watch them grow and experience being part of a loving nurturing family. We love you guys! Adoption is so close to God's own heart. How could we not lend a hand?! :)”

$25

The Friends (Jenna Nathan Lydia Ali Abi Luci)

Jun 12, 2019

“We Love You All!!! The Friends”

$100

Richard and Jewel

Jun 12, 2019

“Looking forward to seeing your whole family at the upcoming reunion!”

$50

Mike

Jun 12, 2019

“We are excited for this new chapter in your lives. Ivy and Willa are blessed to be part of your family! Blessings, Mike and Wendy”

$25

Mark and Shana

Jun 10, 2019

$300

Jesse

Jun 8, 2019

“Janelle and I are so happy for you guys and excited about your new daughters! We're proud to have you as cousins!”

$25

Emma & Dan

Jun 8, 2019

“Miss you guys! So happy for tour beautiful, growing family! Praying for you as you all adjust to your new normal <3”

$100

Andrew and Adrianne

Jun 7, 2019

“We pray for you all regularly. You're an inspiration to us. Much love, Andrew, Adrianne, and Ria”

$1,386

Christy

Jun 7, 2019

“Since we're moving and are in between churches, we like to give our tithe money to other causes important to God's kingdom, and supporting adoption has always been close to our hearts. Praying for your growing family! -Andrew and Christy Crisologo”

$25

Jessica

Jun 6, 2019

“Blessings. Just lots of God blessings to all of your family--big and little. :)”

$100

Caroline

Jun 5, 2019

$510

Lyndon

Jun 5, 2019

$125

Gabrielle

Jun 5, 2019

“I'm so happy for you all. It's been a blessing to see your family growing and the joy you have. Praying for the best. <3”

$300

Benjamin

Jun 3, 2019

“You're willingness to step out in faith is a shining example to those around you. We will be lifting you all up in prayer as you continue to adjust as a new family. Bj & Nicolette”

$50

Ben

Jun 3, 2019

“I'm so excited to see the kind of impact y'all will have on these wonderful girls!”

$25

Michael

Jun 3, 2019

“Congrats!”

$50

Jason & Angie

Jun 3, 2019

“Praying the blessings of the Lord all over your sweet family! I love how God worked this all out! What a beautiful story. Love you all!”

$50

Justin and Emily

Jun 3, 2019

“Blessings to your family! May God give you much grace, strength and peace!”

$150

Clyde and Shannon

Jun 2, 2019

$200

Nate and Chris

Jun 2, 2019

“Some pieces of the puzzle. Looking forward to meeting Ivy & Willa.”

$100

Steve and Phyllis

Jun 2, 2019

“God bless you all during this transition . . . and later!”

$100

Matt

Jun 1, 2019

$250

Joel and Nicole

May 24, 2019

“We whole-heartedly believe in what you're doing and love you guys.”

$50

Kaitlyn

May 24, 2019

“Annette, I’ve always looked up to you during nursing school! I wish you and your family a life filled with happiness, health, and love!”

$25

Jenna

May 22, 2019

“So happy for your new family of 7!”

$25

Ashlee

May 22, 2019

“We love you guys and can't wait to meet the girls. We're praying for your transition. Love, The Knables”

$50

Ruth

May 22, 2019

“We love you, Uncle Mark and Aunt Ruth”

$50

Lauren

May 22, 2019

“So thankful that the Lord is weaving this beautiful tapestry of family together, honored to be a piece of this puzzle, Love Uncle Philip and Aunt Lauren”

$100

Lynae

May 21, 2019

“LOVE YOU GUYS”

$50

Matthias and Bonita

May 21, 2019

“Big blessings to you both!! You guys have shown great faith in stepping out and adopting these beautiful babies. Praying God's favor upon your family and finances. May the patience be great during meltdowns, and the compassion be even greater through the hard times. Much Love, Matthias, Bonita, and tribe <3”

$200

Adam and Bethany

May 21, 2019

$50

Ken & Alyssa

May 20, 2019

“We love you guys and hope to meet sweet Ivy & Willa someday. They're so blessed to have you! You're in our prayers! <3”

$50

Kris & Susie

May 19, 2019

$25

Josh and Cortney

May 19, 2019

“So excited for you all! Hope we can meet the girls one day! Praying for your transition!”

$300

Leona

May 18, 2019

“Wonderful having 2 new Millers in the family. Blessings to you Jon and Annette. Love you all”

$20

Emiky

May 18, 2019

“We love you guys and are so excited to have two new family members! Keith, Em and family”

$25

K

May 17, 2019

“Holding you all in prayer. Grateful for your big open hearts and home!”

$100

Melanie

May 9, 2019

“Wish I could give more. Thanks for being faithful to Jesus and being his hands and feet. Love you guys! - Aunt Mel”

$490

Hidden

May 6, 2019

$300

Justin

Apr 22, 2019

$100

Laura

Apr 20, 2019

“💃💃”

$250

Joel

Apr 18, 2019

$100

Hidden

Apr 16, 2019

$50

Laura

Apr 13, 2019

“Jonathan and Annette, I loved reading your story and hearing how God has provided in your lives. He is always faithful, thank you for serving Him and these beautiful children. Jonathan, I miss working with you but I hope things are well with you. Thank you, Laura”

$20

Hidden

Apr 12, 2019

$1,250

Hidden

Apr 12, 2019

$100

Kay

Apr 12, 2019

“Sharing in your joy! Blessings to you all!”

$10

Sam

Apr 12, 2019

“Congratulations on adding to your beautiful family!”